So, I've been bumping into gorgeous sixty-somethings all week. If there's one thing that puts the ageing process into perspective, it's meeting an older woman with sparkle and vitality. This is Chloe Lonsdale and her charming, 62-year-old mum, Chekkie. To coincide with London Fashion Week, the denim label MiH (Made in Heaven) jeans has turned the gallery space at Anthropologie, King's Road into a store. Which is where I met Chloe (the MiH founder) and Chekkie (who couldn't believe that I seriously wanted to take her photo for my blog). Here are mother and daughter looking lovely in matching leather jackets. A coincidence, not a sinister marketing ploy. Checking that I'm not wearing the same outfit as my mum is a problem I never envisage having, ever, but that's another story.
Back in the early seventies, Chekkie modelled for the denim brand Jean Machine (see photos below). 'Imagine growing up with a mum that every guy in your class fancies,' mused Chloe, 'Actually, what am I saying, I still have to put up with it 30 years later!' Another problem I'll never have, but where was I... oh yes, the pop-up MiH store is on the site of a former Jean Machine's shop. Another coincidence, but this one was intentional.
Any doubts I was having about looking fab in my sixties were swiftly assuaged by Chekkie, 'Your 40s are neither one thing nor the other - you're not young, you're not old. Being in your 50s is good, but 60s are even better.' Glad we've got that sorted, now at least I have something to look forward to.
And, in case you were wondering, my pick of the MiH collection is this lovely Aztec woven jacket, which obviously would look fantastic with jeans: